Trump Melting Down
Publicly, Trump touts the “Fake News” media war.
Privately, he worries about virus-carrying journalists on Air Force One.
Please consider "He's Definitely Melting Down"
“He is trying to control the narrative and he can’t,” a former West Wing official told me.
“So much FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted this morning. “He wants Justice to open investigations of the media for market manipulation,” a source close to the White House told me. Trump is also frustrated with his West Wing for not getting a handle on the news cycle. “He’s very frustrated he doesn’t have a good team around him,” a former White House official said. On Friday he forced out acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and replaced him with former House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows.
Trump has also complained that economic adviser Larry Kudlow is not doing enough to calm jittery markets. Last week Kudlow refused Trump’s request that Kudlow hold an on-camera press briefing, sources said. “Larry didn’t want to have to take questions about coronavirus,” a person close to Kudlow told me. “Larry’s not a doctor. How can he answer questions about something he doesn’t know?”
Trump found a willing surrogate in Kellyanne Conway, but Conway’s dubious claim on Friday that the virus “is being contained” only made the P.R. situation worse.
By now many of the president’s advisers are numb to this kind of performance. “There’s very little that fazes anyone now,” a former official said. But one person who spoke to the president over the weekend saw the press conference as an ominous sign. “He’s just now waking up to the fact that this is bad, and he doesn’t know how to respond.”
Stories about Trump’s coronavirus fears have spread through the White House. Last week Trump told aides he’s afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One, a person close to the administration told me. The source also said Trump has asked the Secret Service to set up a screening program and bar anyone who has a cough from the White House grounds. “He’s definitely melting down over this,” the source said.
The article is by Gabriel Sherman on Vanity Fair. That is a publication I seldom quote because I generally do not trust extreme Left wing opinion sources. For that matter I seldom quote extreme Right wing opinion sources for the same reason.
Is any of it out of context? Perhaps. But the overall story rings true.
If the story was mostly made up, I would be shocked, and I don't shock easily.
“I’m not going to do it,” Trump says.
He wants adoration. He thrives on it. He desperately needs it.
Type-A vs Type-B TDS
If you think Trump's coronavirus bravado is 4-D or any other dimensional chess, you have TDS Type-A.
For a discussion of the two types of TDS, please see Trump "I Know So Much About the Coronavirus Because of Natural Ability"
Mike "Mish" Shedlock